A period-correct autograph. Personally hand signed by King directly onto the title page:
"To T.J. -
With best wishes,
About "Nightmares & Dreamscapes"
Many people who write about horror literature maintain that mood is its most important element. Stephen King disagrees: "My deeply held conviction is that story must be paramount.... All other considerations are secondary--theme, mood, even characterization and language."
These fine stories, each written in what King calls "a burst of faith, happiness, and optimism," prove his point. The theme, mood, characters, and language vary, but throughout, a sense of story reigns supreme. Nightmares & Dreamscapes contains 20 short tales--including several never before published--plus one teleplay, one poem, and one nonfiction piece about kids and baseball that appeared in the New Yorker. The subjects include vampires, zombies, an evil toy, man-eating frogs, the burial of a Cadillac, a disembodied finger, and a wicked stepfather.
The style ranges from King's well-honed horror to a Ray Bradbury-like fantasy voice to an ambitious pastiche of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. And like a compact disc with a bonus track, the book ends with a charming little tale not listed in the table of contents--a parable called "The Beggar and the Diamond."
1 Dolan's Cadillac, Castle Rock, Februaryâ€”June 1985
2 The End of the Whole Mess, October 1986 issue of Omni
3 Suffer the Little Children, February 1972 issue of Cavalier
4 The Night Flier , Prime Evil (1988)
5 Popsy, Masques II (1987)
6 It Grows on You, Fall 1973 issue of Marshroots
7 Chattery Teeth , Fall 1992 issue of Cemetery Dance
8 Dedication, Night Visions 5 (1988)
9 The Moving Finger, December 1990 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
10 Sneakers , Night Visions 5 (1988)
11 You Know They Got a Hell of a Band, Shock Rock (1992)
12 Home Delivery, Book of the Dead (1989)
13 Rainy Season Spring, 1989 issue of Midnight Graffiti
14 My Pretty Pony, My Pretty Pony limited edition coffee table book (1989)
15 Sorry, Right Number, Previously unpublished
16 The Ten O'Clock People, Previously unpublished
17 Crouch End, New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
18 The House on Maple Street, Previously unpublished
19 The Fifth Quarter, April 1972 issue of Cavalier
20 The Doctor's Case, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1987)
21 Umney's Last Case, Previously unpublished
22 Head Down, April 16, 1990 issue of The New Yorker
23 Brooklyn August, Io #10, 1971
24 The Beggar and the Diamond, Previously unpublished